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Alumni/ae News Online April 2015

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Doug Blair '68 is stated supply at Central Presbyterian Church, Owensboro, KY.

Robert Griffin '68 has been awarded Diplomate status in the American Psychotherapy Association.



Patrick J. Willson '71 is an adjunct lecturer in homiletics and liturgics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Harrell Lamar Cobb '77 retired as temporary pastor of Cedar Creek Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, TN.

Jap Keith '79 (STD) is interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, GA.



G. Sidney Gunter '81 retired from Heritage Presbyterian Church, Acworth, GA.

Steve Vance '81, '91 (DMIN) is interim pastor of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Dunwoody, GA.

Jesse Hegler '82, '90 (THM) retired from First Presbyterian Church, Kershaw, SC.

Dan McMillan '84 retired from Green Hill Presbyterian Church, Enterprise, AL.

Jim Wooten '84 is a staff reporter on the Mexico Ledger in, Mexico, MO.

Coile Estes '86 is interim pastor of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC.

Susan Bryan '85 retired as pastor of Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, OH.

Edward Forsyth '85 retired from New Hope Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, NC.

Mary Jane Cornell '86 is interim pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Cartersville, GA.

Ted Smith '86 retired from First Presbyterian Church, Cartersville, GA after nearly 19 years as pastor. He has begun training for his professional coach certification.

Joey Byrd '87 is operations chaplain for the Third Army stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, SC.

Gail Perkins '87 is now a member of Greater Atlanta Presbytery’s pastoral team.

Lynn Stall '87 (DMIN) is pastor of Milner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC.

Carol Byrd '88, '02 (DMIN) is interim pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.



Todd Jenkins '90 has completed almost 19 years as pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, TN. The church voted to accept his request to dissolve their relationship and give him the opportunity to begin a thorough process of discernment. He is seeking to find an opportunity for ministry in which his particular gifts and skills can be best utilized and appreciated.

Huw Christopher '91(DMIN) and his wife Rachel have moved into Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena, CA. Huw says they would be happy to show their new home and community to any friends from Columbia who may be visiting the Pasadena area.

Jonathan Wallace '91 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Foley, AL.

Nan Adams '92 was installed March 8th as pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, AL. 

Hugh Hamilton '80 preached at the service.

Joseph Dorociak '92 (DMIN) is pastor of Barrington Presbyterian Church, Barrington, IL.

Barbara Holmes '95 was featured on Minnesota Public Radio March 5, 2015.  She is president of United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN and marched in the third and final walk from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Paula Buford '97 (ThD) has been invited to serve as a visiting professor of pastoral care and counseling during the fall quarter, 2015 at United Theological College, Bangalore, India. She will also be preaching in local churches.

Mary Katherine Robinson '97 is the pastor of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, NC.


Laura Cunningham '98 is pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.

Todd Green '98 was recently granted tenure at Luther College, Decorah, IA. He teaches in the area of European and American religious history and has taught at Luther since 2008. Todd recently edited Islam, Immigration and Identity and is leading a study abroad course on Islam in Europe with 25 college students

James S. Welch, '98 (DMin) recently published his first book, Life Unlimited: Overcoming Obstacles on Your Path to Abundant Life.

Laury Larson '99 retired from Church of the Covenant, Cleveland, OH.

Timothy Mallard '99 (ThM) was promoted to Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army in March 2014 and graduated from the U.S. Army War College with an M.S.S.T. in Strategic Leadership in June 2014, serving also as the first chaplain selected as an Eisenhower Fellow in the history of the War College. He is now assigned as the command chaplain, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence in Fort Gordon, GA, and is scheduled to graduate with his PhD in Christian Ethics from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales in July, 2015.

Erin Sharp '99 and husband, David Bailey, are proud parents of William Thomas “Liam” Bailey born February 13, 2015 weighing 8 lbs. 15 oz.



Laurie Armstrong '00 retired as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH.

Jonathan Carroll '00 is clinical director/lead therapist at The Clinic @ The Montgomery in Owensboro, KY. He resigned from First Presbyterian Church after ten years to work in full-time ministry of pastoral psychotherapy.

Ruth Lovell Bradham '01 is pastor at Cordova Presbyterian Church, Cordova, TN.

Amy Lehr Camp '01 was the first woman ever to speak for the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on the plaza in St. Augustine, FL in January. Amy is pastor at Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Susan Verbrugge '01 is part-time pastor at Glade Church (UCC) in Blacksburg, VA.

Kally Elliott '04 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside, NY and will start a new worshiping community in Long Beach, NY.

Jaina Anderson '05 was installed March 8, 2015 as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Sheffield, AL.

Leah Hrachovec '05 is pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater, OK.

Matt Schlageter '05 is now a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains. He continues his work at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, FL.  

Patrick Laney '06 is executive director of Maranatha Camp and Conference Center of North Alabama Presbytery.

Jerry Long '06 is pastor of Batesville Presbyterian Church, Batesville, MS.

Kate McGregor Mosley '06 will lead environmentalism initiatives as executive director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light in Atlanta.

Sarah Cooper Searight '06 is interim associate pastor at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore, PA.

Danny Loffredo '07 is pastor of Gulf Breeze Presbyterian Church, Gulf Breeze, FL.

Scott Tucker '07 and wife Lauren are proud parents of Clare Cross Tucker, born February 20, 2015.

Monica Wedlock Kilpatrick '07, '13 (THM) is director of Disciples Care Exchange and Affinity Group Ministries. Monica served over 7 years as Columbia’s director of admissions and recruitment.

Collin Adams '08 and wife Blair are proud parents of twin boys. Knox Alan Adams and MacInnes Blair Adams were born December 24, 2014.

Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava '08 (MATS) '11 (MDIV) wrote the article for the benedictory page in the March 16, 2015 issue of Presbyterian Outlook.

Adam Copeland '09 has been named director of Stewardship Leadership for Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He will begin his new position July 1st. 

Brian Coulter '09 has written a book recently published by Chalice Press.  The title is Be Holy: Find Identity, Find Belonging, Find Purpose. It was reviewed in the March 16, 2015 issue of Presbyterian Outlook.

Kari Pellegrino '09 (MATS), '12 (MDIV) and Steven Andrews '10 are proud parents of Malcolm Alexander Andrews born February 23, 2015 weighing 9 lbs. 4 oz.



Anna Brown '10 (D.Ed.Min) has moved to Bar Harbor, ME where she and her husband have purchased the Coach Stop Inn, a bed and breakfast.

Jenny Sumner Carswell '10 and husband Brian are proud parents of Marshall Conner Carswell born January 17, 2015 weighing 9 lbs. 10 oz. Jenny will begin a year-long chaplaincy residency at Tampa General, Tampa, FL in September.

Kathryn Salmons Collins '11 is interim associate pastor of Manhattan Presbyterian Church, Manhattan, KS.

Laura Arlowyn Jones Tysinger '11 is pastor of Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church, Shadow Hills, CA.

Duncan Meadows '11 is director of children’s and youth ministry at James Island Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC.

Lauren Scharstein '11 wrote an article which appeared in the March 16, 2015 issue of the Presbyterian Outlook. It was entitled Prayer for the Hyperconnected.

Andrew Whaley '11 and wife Rebecca are proud parents of Joanna Frances Whaley born January 30, 2015 weighing 7 lbs 13 oz.

Cornelius J.E. Lloyd '10 was ordained March 15, 2015 at Ray of Hope Christian Church, Decatur, GA. He is minister to youth/young adults/college students.

Drew Stockstill '12 and his wife Ellen are proud parents of Lydia Grace, born March 21, 2015 weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz.

Will Norman '13 was ordained December 28, 2014 at Roswell Presbyterian Church. His ordination commission included Christin Johnson Norman '12, Drew Stockstill '12, Penny Hill '86, and Professor Emeritus George Stroup. Will is pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Woodland, CA.

Lelar Kay (L.K.) Pendleton '13 (DMIN) is pastor of St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church, Columbus, GA and also runs LK Ministries, an international charitable organization.

Shavon Starling-Louis '13 was featured on "Our New Day Begun", a series of stories of young African-American leaders from across the PC(USA).

Maggie Alsup '14 will continue her internship for another year at Ft. Hill Presbyterian Church, Clemson, SC. She is excited for another year in campus ministry.

Jody Andrade '14 was ordained December 7, 2014 and is associate pastor for congregational care at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Duluth, GA.

Betsy Lyles '14 is Columbia Theological Seminary’s interim director of admissions and recruitment.

Chris Peters '14 and Lauren Van Wicklen '14 were married June 20, 2014, in Roswell, GA. Chris is associate pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fairhope, AL and was ordained October 12, 2014.

Jeanne Simpson '14 is director of older adult ministries at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Stone Mountain, GA.


In Memoriam

 Gabriel E. Abdullah '47

 July 29, 2014

 Marcus R. Barber '88

 March 9, 2015

 Teddis H. Beasley  '54

 January 4, 2015

 L. Harry Brazell '90

 December 22, 2013

 Charles Cousar '58

 December 10, 2014

 Ervin R. Joslin '70

 January 13, 2015

 David Moorefield '51

 December 29, 2014

 Archie C. Reed '60

 July 7, 2014

 Faye Rivers '08

 December 25, 2014

 Carl Smith '61

 January 2, 2015

 Eldon Wadsworth '58

 December 11, 2014